Reviewer:David M. Paganin
May 19, 2017 Subject:
A magnificent read regarding the beauty of pure mathematics
This book is a deeply moving account about the worth, and indeed the nobility, of a life spent pursuing "useless" mathematical beauty.
A thread of despair alloys the work, as the author -- a brilliant pure mathematician -- had lost his deep creative mathematical abilities at the time of writing.
An unstated irony is that the "useless but beautiful" pure mathematics Hardy discovered is applied myriad times every nanosecond in internet information encryption algorithms, as well as being used in several other applications including population genetics.
My favourite quotes: (a) "I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art." (b) "The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test."
October 24, 2012 Subject:
Yet to be read. After that I will be able to comment.